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Forthcoming events and research seminars 2021

Closing the Rhetoric-Action Gap on Climate Mitigation: 6 October 2021, 2-3pm (BST)

Prof. JULIAN ALLWOOD Cambridge University, UK FIRES


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Meeting ID: 462 421 0504
Passcode: 6291230945
Campus: Brunel University, Marie Jahoda 117
Those attending on campus, RSVP to Gareth Dale

We are in an era of false hope on climate mitigation: Countries worth 70% of the world’s GDP have pledged to reach zero emissions by 2050 or 2060 but none have a credible delivery plan yet. Most rhetoric today and in the past about mitigation has focused on new energy infrastructure technologies (CCS, Hydrogen, SMR nuclear, negative emissions technologies etc.) but there is no longer time left to deploy them at sufficient scale. Climate policy so far has largely been based on scenarios where energy demand is assumed, and an imaginary supply-side solution is described that would meet this level of demand. In reality, based on recent history and trends of past deployments, we are entering a period of supply restraint - but Covid has shown us that we can adapt to living differently with today’s technologies more readily than previously thought. Based on the analysis of the UK FIRES programme, we can now anticipate the potential for growth in providing services differently while requiring less energy - whether this is via new approaches to shared transport, life-extension as the mainstream activity of manufacturing and construction, and much more. The key policy mechanism that has driven mitigation to date and which will drive it in future is regulation, and we can anticipate the forms this must take to reach zero emissions. Investors and clients are also of increasing importance in driving change, and we are likely to see a rapid shift from discussion of hypothetical future actions that “reduce” emissions, to short-term widely deployable actions that move us rapidly enough to zero emissions.

 Julian Allwood is Professor of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Cambridge. He worked for 10 years for Alcoa on flat rolling, before academic positions at Imperial College and Cambridge. His research group develops new manufacturing technologies for metals and strategies to mitigate climate change. From 2009-13 he held an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship, to explore Material Efficiency as a climate mitigation strategy – delivering material services with less new material. This led to publication in 2012 of the book “Sustainable Materials: with both eyes open” which can be read online at www.withbotheyesopen.com and was listed by Bill Gates as “one of the best six books I read in 2015.” Julian was a Lead Author of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with a focus on mitigating industrial emissions. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining, a Fellow of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP) and served as chairman of its metal forming section, a member of the UK’s Energy Research Partnership and for ten years was joint editor-in-chief of the Journal of Materials Processing Technology. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2017. From 2019-24 he is director of UK FIRES – a £5m industry and multi-university programme aiming to explore all aspects of Industrial Strategy compatible with delivering zero emissions by 2050. ‘Absolute Zero’, the first publication of UK FIRES attracted widespread attention including a full debate in the House of Lords in Feb 2020, and has led to a string of other reports, research and impact

Upcoming events: Sustainability Politics seminar series

19 October 2021 
Technological Innovation or Social Change? A Battle for the Ocean
Shona Paterson (Brunel University, Climate Social Science) 

25 November 2021 
Sustainable Materials Development in Renewable Energy and Aquaculture
Lorna Anguilano (Brunel University, Applied Mineralogy) 

7 December 2021
Book launch: Who owns the wind? Climate crisis and the hope of renewable energy (Verso, Oct 2021)
David McDermott Hughes (Rutgers University, Anthropology) 

January 2022 
Climate and Chemicals: Connections and Consequences
Olwenn Martin (Brunel University, Environmental Science)

February 2022 
Dismantling the Machine: Rethinking Technology in the Anthropocene
Alf Hornborg (Lund University, Human Ecology)

February 2022
Ximena Schmidt (Brunel University, Chemical Engineering)

March 2022
Evina Katsou (Brunel University, Environmental Engineering)

22 March 2022
Is it Vegan? Ethical enrolment and exclusion in digital food systems April
Eva Giraud (University of Sheffield, Sociology) 

April 2022
Wim Carton (Lund University, Human Geography)


Using Creative Research Methods: 13-14 September 2021

Centre for Entrepreneurship and Sustainability and Marketing and Corporate Brand Management Research Group (MCBM) invite CBASS colleagues to participate in a two-day research methods event that will be presented by our guest, Dr Helen Kara, as follows: Programme (a PDF version)

* If you are interested to attend, please email Dr Sharifah Alwi

Using Creative Research Methods - a two-day seminar held on 13-14 September 2021. In the background a few young people debating in an academic classroom. A female student in the foreground gestures and smiles during her speech


Using Creative Research Methods – 13th September 2021;
Day One

10:00 Welcome and introductions
10.20 Presentation: creative methods and ethics in a pandemic
10.50 Discussion
11.00 Exercise: design an asset-based research project
11.20 Break
11.40 Discussion
11.55 Presentation: enhanced and mobile interviews
12.25 Video: Walking interview with Howste
12.30 Discussion
12.40 Exercise instructions
12.45 Lunch
1.30 Exercise: enhanced or mobile interviewing
2.00 Discussion
2.15 Presentation: comics in research
2.30 Discussion
2.45 Presentation: animation in research
2.55 Video: Flying While Fat
3.00 Discussion
3.15 Break
3.35 Exercise: making a comic
4.00 Discussion
4.15 Q&A
4.30 Close

Using Creative Research Methods – 14th September 2021;
Day Two

10.00 Reflections on Day One
10.30 Presentation: mapping
10.45 Discussion
11.00 Exercise: concentric circle mapping
11.15 Discussion
11.30 Break
11.50 Presentation: poetic inquiry and analysis
12.05 Discussion
12.20 Exercise: poetic analysis
12.45 Discussion
1.00 Lunch
1.30 Presentation: ethics in creative research
1.50 Video: SAN code of ethics
2.00 Discussion
2.15 Presentation: metaphor collection and analysis
2.30 Discussion
2.45 Exercise: develop an extended metaphor
3.00 Break
3.20 Exercise: collaborative metaphor analysis
3.50 Discussion
4.10 Personal action plans
4.20 Final thoughts, Q&A
4.30 Close

* If you are interested to attend, please email Dr Alwi at Sharifah.alwi@brunel.ac.uk

Guest Speaker:
Dr Helen Kara
FAcSS (Instructor)
Director www.helenkara.com



Sustainable Economic Growth Experts’ View from Australia

Date and Time: 25 June 2021 at 10 am (BST)

Are you interested to know how your research in sustainability can create an impact on research community and can influence business and policy makers? Are you planning to make your business sustainable? Students will get an opportunity to know more about research led evidence related to sustainability from eminent professors



CBASS Research Grant Series 2021

Centre for Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
Centre for Global Lives

15:00-16:00 24/03/2021

A Practical Perspective of Grant Applications

Manoj Dora, Brunel Business School; chaired by Catherine Wang

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15:00-16:00 07/04/2021

No Pain, No Gain: How to Turn Rejection to UKRI Grant Success

Ozlem Arda, Asieh Tabaghdehi and Ainurul Rosli, Brunel Business School; chaired by Marios Samdanis

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14:00-15:00 09/04/2021

An Introduction to Research Support at Brunel for Researchers*

Vic Gill, Research Support and Development Office

(To obtain login details, please register by email

14:00-15:00 14/04/2021

Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships*

Gerry O’Hagan, Knowledge Transfer Networks

(To obtain login details, please register your place HERE.)

10:00-11:00 28/04/2021

An Introduction to Research Support at Brunel for Researchers*

Vic Gill, Research Support and Development Office

(This is a repeat of the event on 9th April. To obtain login details, please register by email

15:00-16:00 28/04/2021

"Both Sides Now". Inside the Process of Writing a European Grant Application.

Philip Garner, Education; chaired by Andrew Green

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15:00-16:00 05/05/2021

A Panel Member’s Dos and Don’ts for AHRC Grant Applications

Tom Betteridge, Vice Provost and Dean College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences; chaired by Catherine Wang

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15:00-16:00 12/05/2021

Funding Sources and RSDO Procedures

Giovanna Bono, Research Support and Development Office; chaired by Marios Samdanis

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15:00-16:00 19/05/2021

Secrets to Writing a Winning Grant: Maximising Success and Learning from Failures

Lesley Henderson, Social Science and Communications; chaired by Andrew Green

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For further information, please contact CBASS